Madonna of the Harvest


Completed: March, 2010
Image size: 18″ x 15½”
Edition Size: 180 Prints
Paper: Lana Cover, mouldmade in France
Archival 100% Cotton-Rag Paper
Media: Serigraph, 42 colors printed


Before the GOOSE WITH THE GOLDEN EGG was complete, John August Swanson began developing ideas for his next serigraph –THE MADONNA OF THE HARVEST; he poured through his drawings and sketches made during the previous twenty years.

Each Time I Think of You, 1986 and a Study of Madonna in watercolor made in 1991

Two earlier paintings are among the sources of inspiration for this new serigraph: Each Time I Think of You (Drawing, 1986), and a Study of Madonna (Watercolor, 1991). Stories about Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus, inspire and nurture people from all over the globe, and not only Catholics. People recognize within the icons of the Madonna a way to reconnect with the source of life, to experience a sense of the unconditional love perhaps best expressed by one’s own mother. “Each work evolves from many sources,” Swanson explains. “It may be a chance remark. I make a sketch. Time passes, and I go back to it. I read the story again and I make more sketches. It’s like ground being prepared for planting. It may take a long time.”

Concept Drawing, Hand-Colorered Macquette (mock-up) develop images and additional Mock-up image

As in his seminal work, A VISIT, Swanson has chosen to place Mary into a backdrop of life within a larger community of people working together and helping one another. In this new serigraph, she is the central figure.

Ink drawing on mylar for color #10 (Transparent Orange),State Proof w/10 Colors (#10, Transparent Orange printed on 11/03/09), and Silk screen with the ink for color #10

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 36 × 7 × 7 in